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Oscar says rivals have more concerns as Albion aim for Blackburn double

The Argus: Oscar Garcia (right) says other have more to worry about than Albion Oscar Garcia (right) says other have more to worry about than Albion

Albion boss Oscar Garcia insists most of their Championship rivals have more to worry about.

The Seagulls are four points and three places adrift of the play-off places following a hat-trick of defeats in which they leaked five goals and scored none.

They try to get back on track tomorrow night at mid-table Blackburn by completing a double over the Lancastrians after beating them 3-0 at the Amex in November with two Ashley Barnes goals and another by Jake Forster-Caskey.

Oscar said: "We are worried about taking chances, about not conceding goals, but we have maybe 15 teams below us with the same budget or more of a budget than us that have to be more worried than us.

"Obviously we want to improve our run. We know we need to bounce back against Blackburn. It will be a tough game but we want to show our character and try to pick up the three points."

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6:45pm Mon 31 Mar 14

The Phantom says...

Oh dear, the old budget issue. Not sure how relevant this is this season when Burnley are sitting second in the table. The budget aside the squad is still pretty strong and at least on a par with most other clubs in the division. The biggest problem this season has been the poor use of the loan market when signing of forward players or the poor integration of them into the side (Conway excepted). The failure to get any more out of Lingard, Lita, Obika and even Rodriguez (albeit not a loan) has played a huge part in our inability to score sufficient goals this season - it does make you wonder as to who is actually making the decision as to which players to sign.
Oh dear, the old budget issue. Not sure how relevant this is this season when Burnley are sitting second in the table. The budget aside the squad is still pretty strong and at least on a par with most other clubs in the division. The biggest problem this season has been the poor use of the loan market when signing of forward players or the poor integration of them into the side (Conway excepted). The failure to get any more out of Lingard, Lita, Obika and even Rodriguez (albeit not a loan) has played a huge part in our inability to score sufficient goals this season - it does make you wonder as to who is actually making the decision as to which players to sign. The Phantom
  • Score: 18

7:07pm Mon 31 Mar 14

BHA4ever says...

Oscar, you are in such denial. Forget about other team's budgets and think about altering your boring, defensive, uninspiring tactics that have turned the Amex into a morgue with no atmosphere, masses of no-shows and a widely discontented supporter base. For those people who keep insisting there is nothing to worry about, you need to get real, we are going backwards for the first time in five years. He has to change or has to go, we can't risk erything that has been achieved over recent years.
Oscar, you are in such denial. Forget about other team's budgets and think about altering your boring, defensive, uninspiring tactics that have turned the Amex into a morgue with no atmosphere, masses of no-shows and a widely discontented supporter base. For those people who keep insisting there is nothing to worry about, you need to get real, we are going backwards for the first time in five years. He has to change or has to go, we can't risk erything that has been achieved over recent years. BHA4ever
  • Score: 8

7:07pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Eddy B says...

yes, don't like the old budget excuse to raise it's head again - but who knows what constraints OG and his team work under? He has definitely lost some influential players this year without apparently raising much finance to replace. In Oscar we trust still but would like to see him assert his control and given some cash to strengthen this summer.
yes, don't like the old budget excuse to raise it's head again - but who knows what constraints OG and his team work under? He has definitely lost some influential players this year without apparently raising much finance to replace. In Oscar we trust still but would like to see him assert his control and given some cash to strengthen this summer. Eddy B
  • Score: 15

7:31pm Mon 31 Mar 14

tug509 says...

Lets see what side you put out tomorrow before claiming others have more to worry about than us ,if as you stated, believe we can still make the POs,then give us a team with a real chance of scoring !.
Perhaps :

Kuszczak

Bruno
Dunk
Upson
Ward

Ince

March
Stephens
LuaLua

Ulloa
Lingaard

just a thought !.
UTA
Lets see what side you put out tomorrow before claiming others have more to worry about than us ,if as you stated, believe we can still make the POs,then give us a team with a real chance of scoring !. Perhaps : Kuszczak Bruno Dunk Upson Ward Ince March Stephens LuaLua Ulloa Lingaard just a thought !. UTA tug509
  • Score: 14

7:40pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Steveg1958 says...

tug509 wrote:
Lets see what side you put out tomorrow before claiming others have more to worry about than us ,if as you stated, believe we can still make the POs,then give us a team with a real chance of scoring !.
Perhaps :

Kuszczak

Bruno
Dunk
Upson
Ward

Ince

March
Stephens
LuaLua

Ulloa
Lingaard

just a thought !.
UTA
Good looking team, but you just know it won't happen !
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Lets see what side you put out tomorrow before claiming others have more to worry about than us ,if as you stated, believe we can still make the POs,then give us a team with a real chance of scoring !. Perhaps : Kuszczak Bruno Dunk Upson Ward Ince March Stephens LuaLua Ulloa Lingaard just a thought !. UTA[/p][/quote]Good looking team, but you just know it won't happen ! Steveg1958
  • Score: 9

7:52pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Baldseagull says...

The Phantom wrote:
Oh dear, the old budget issue. Not sure how relevant this is this season when Burnley are sitting second in the table. The budget aside the squad is still pretty strong and at least on a par with most other clubs in the division. The biggest problem this season has been the poor use of the loan market when signing of forward players or the poor integration of them into the side (Conway excepted). The failure to get any more out of Lingard, Lita, Obika and even Rodriguez (albeit not a loan) has played a huge part in our inability to score sufficient goals this season - it does make you wonder as to who is actually making the decision as to which players to sign.
Burnley are still getting parachute payments.
[quote][p][bold]The Phantom[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, the old budget issue. Not sure how relevant this is this season when Burnley are sitting second in the table. The budget aside the squad is still pretty strong and at least on a par with most other clubs in the division. The biggest problem this season has been the poor use of the loan market when signing of forward players or the poor integration of them into the side (Conway excepted). The failure to get any more out of Lingard, Lita, Obika and even Rodriguez (albeit not a loan) has played a huge part in our inability to score sufficient goals this season - it does make you wonder as to who is actually making the decision as to which players to sign.[/p][/quote]Burnley are still getting parachute payments. Baldseagull
  • Score: 5

8:01pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Alfie T says...

Come on you Irons
Come on you Irons Alfie T
  • Score: -7

8:11pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Baldseagull says...

The Phantom wrote:
Oh dear, the old budget issue. Not sure how relevant this is this season when Burnley are sitting second in the table. The budget aside the squad is still pretty strong and at least on a par with most other clubs in the division. The biggest problem this season has been the poor use of the loan market when signing of forward players or the poor integration of them into the side (Conway excepted). The failure to get any more out of Lingard, Lita, Obika and even Rodriguez (albeit not a loan) has played a huge part in our inability to score sufficient goals this season - it does make you wonder as to who is actually making the decision as to which players to sign.
The loan market is easier to get what you need from if you have a big budget, why do you think Conway went to Blackburn instead of back here?
Why could we not complete the signing of Grabban?
There will have been many other targets for us that ended up elsewhere because of the budget we are working with.
The only question in my mind is whether the sale of Bridcutt and Barnes gave Burke more to spend or if it was expected to sell off 1 or 2 and that money had been accounted for already.
[quote][p][bold]The Phantom[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, the old budget issue. Not sure how relevant this is this season when Burnley are sitting second in the table. The budget aside the squad is still pretty strong and at least on a par with most other clubs in the division. The biggest problem this season has been the poor use of the loan market when signing of forward players or the poor integration of them into the side (Conway excepted). The failure to get any more out of Lingard, Lita, Obika and even Rodriguez (albeit not a loan) has played a huge part in our inability to score sufficient goals this season - it does make you wonder as to who is actually making the decision as to which players to sign.[/p][/quote]The loan market is easier to get what you need from if you have a big budget, why do you think Conway went to Blackburn instead of back here? Why could we not complete the signing of Grabban? There will have been many other targets for us that ended up elsewhere because of the budget we are working with. The only question in my mind is whether the sale of Bridcutt and Barnes gave Burke more to spend or if it was expected to sell off 1 or 2 and that money had been accounted for already. Baldseagull
  • Score: 6

8:33pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Alfie T says...

Alfie T wrote:
Come on you Irons
1.0 West Ham, more atmosphere at the Withdean !
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: Come on you Irons[/p][/quote]1.0 West Ham, more atmosphere at the Withdean ! Alfie T
  • Score: -4

8:37pm Mon 31 Mar 14

gordongull says...

Last season we picked up 16 points from the last 8games. Probably not enough this time, but acceptably close, all things considered.
At the moment we look more likely to gain 5 points from the 8 match run-in, like we did the previous season.
Oscar is entitled to point out the disparity in financial resources between ourselves and some of the others. Three of the teams above us have received £23m each as their first parachute payment , with £36m to come over the next three seasons.
You can't compete with that from a financial perspective, so you are relying on your Manager be better than his adversaries.
Last season we picked up 16 points from the last 8games. Probably not enough this time, but acceptably close, all things considered. At the moment we look more likely to gain 5 points from the 8 match run-in, like we did the previous season. Oscar is entitled to point out the disparity in financial resources between ourselves and some of the others. Three of the teams above us have received £23m each as their first parachute payment , with £36m to come over the next three seasons. You can't compete with that from a financial perspective, so you are relying on your Manager be better than his adversaries. gordongull
  • Score: 8

8:42pm Mon 31 Mar 14

impose our game gull says...

Can we score some against them? of course!! How often did Ashley get a brace in The Championship???? let's pile it on and go for them - all or nothing now - no time to fumble around any more!! We know we need on average 5 - 7 very good (not quite gilt edged but close to) chances to score one goal so we need to create and then create some more. Simple.

Oscar - I have complete faith in you - UTA!!
Can we score some against them? of course!! How often did Ashley get a brace in The Championship???? let's pile it on and go for them - all or nothing now - no time to fumble around any more!! We know we need on average 5 - 7 very good (not quite gilt edged but close to) chances to score one goal so we need to create and then create some more. Simple. Oscar - I have complete faith in you - UTA!! impose our game gull
  • Score: 11

8:53pm Mon 31 Mar 14

driverchris53 says...

Before season started we would have been delighted to be where we are now;but having said that this division is strong but quality is not good;loads of teams of a similar standard.I understand our budget is not as good as other teams above but that hasn't made a difference so far.I understand the system Oscar uses but with Bridcutt and Crofts unavailable hasn't the players to make the system work.We have been lucky recently sneaking the odd goal to win tight games.The lack of a plan B has needled lots of fans;it is obvious it hasn't been working the way we play now;it is infuriating when we dominate games but don't look like scoring and the team still plod along hoping something will turn up.
Before season started we would have been delighted to be where we are now;but having said that this division is strong but quality is not good;loads of teams of a similar standard.I understand our budget is not as good as other teams above but that hasn't made a difference so far.I understand the system Oscar uses but with Bridcutt and Crofts unavailable hasn't the players to make the system work.We have been lucky recently sneaking the odd goal to win tight games.The lack of a plan B has needled lots of fans;it is obvious it hasn't been working the way we play now;it is infuriating when we dominate games but don't look like scoring and the team still plod along hoping something will turn up. driverchris53
  • Score: 10

8:58pm Mon 31 Mar 14

raymondo999 says...

Uwe Rosler...never complains about budgets, german footballing icon, cancer surviver, wears great suits, great sense of humour, tactical genius, transformed the Wigan rabble into winners, a track record at turning under performing brentford into winners (nearly), always got a smile on his face and we could have appointed him. Instead we have moaning Minnie, tactical disaster, face that makes you want to reach for the Prozac. Imagine the half time team talks...inspirationa
l or what.? Have been watching Albion for over 40 years and wouldn't have been surprised if they made me eat my words, but can't see this lot doing that tomorrow. Liam's looking quite good tonite though....
Uwe Rosler...never complains about budgets, german footballing icon, cancer surviver, wears great suits, great sense of humour, tactical genius, transformed the Wigan rabble into winners, a track record at turning under performing brentford into winners (nearly), always got a smile on his face and we could have appointed him. Instead we have moaning Minnie, tactical disaster, face that makes you want to reach for the Prozac. Imagine the half time team talks...inspirationa l or what.? Have been watching Albion for over 40 years and wouldn't have been surprised if they made me eat my words, but can't see this lot doing that tomorrow. Liam's looking quite good tonite though.... raymondo999
  • Score: 1

8:58pm Mon 31 Mar 14

The Phantom says...

Baldseagull wrote:
The Phantom wrote:
Oh dear, the old budget issue. Not sure how relevant this is this season when Burnley are sitting second in the table. The budget aside the squad is still pretty strong and at least on a par with most other clubs in the division. The biggest problem this season has been the poor use of the loan market when signing of forward players or the poor integration of them into the side (Conway excepted). The failure to get any more out of Lingard, Lita, Obika and even Rodriguez (albeit not a loan) has played a huge part in our inability to score sufficient goals this season - it does make you wonder as to who is actually making the decision as to which players to sign.
The loan market is easier to get what you need from if you have a big budget, why do you think Conway went to Blackburn instead of back here?
Why could we not complete the signing of Grabban?
There will have been many other targets for us that ended up elsewhere because of the budget we are working with.
The only question in my mind is whether the sale of Bridcutt and Barnes gave Burke more to spend or if it was expected to sell off 1 or 2 and that money had been accounted for already.
Take your point but as you acknowledge we did get Conway on loan in the first instance and have got good previous defensive loans in place from Premier League clubs in Bridge and Upson. The disappointment is that we have failed to get the best out of the attacking players we have brought in - they invariably play wide left in the "Barnes" role and have not really had any significant impact on the team's performance.
[quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Phantom[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, the old budget issue. Not sure how relevant this is this season when Burnley are sitting second in the table. The budget aside the squad is still pretty strong and at least on a par with most other clubs in the division. The biggest problem this season has been the poor use of the loan market when signing of forward players or the poor integration of them into the side (Conway excepted). The failure to get any more out of Lingard, Lita, Obika and even Rodriguez (albeit not a loan) has played a huge part in our inability to score sufficient goals this season - it does make you wonder as to who is actually making the decision as to which players to sign.[/p][/quote]The loan market is easier to get what you need from if you have a big budget, why do you think Conway went to Blackburn instead of back here? Why could we not complete the signing of Grabban? There will have been many other targets for us that ended up elsewhere because of the budget we are working with. The only question in my mind is whether the sale of Bridcutt and Barnes gave Burke more to spend or if it was expected to sell off 1 or 2 and that money had been accounted for already.[/p][/quote]Take your point but as you acknowledge we did get Conway on loan in the first instance and have got good previous defensive loans in place from Premier League clubs in Bridge and Upson. The disappointment is that we have failed to get the best out of the attacking players we have brought in - they invariably play wide left in the "Barnes" role and have not really had any significant impact on the team's performance. The Phantom
  • Score: 5

11:44pm Mon 31 Mar 14

jaybee68 says...

The Phantom wrote:
Baldseagull wrote:
The Phantom wrote:
Oh dear, the old budget issue. Not sure how relevant this is this season when Burnley are sitting second in the table. The budget aside the squad is still pretty strong and at least on a par with most other clubs in the division. The biggest problem this season has been the poor use of the loan market when signing of forward players or the poor integration of them into the side (Conway excepted). The failure to get any more out of Lingard, Lita, Obika and even Rodriguez (albeit not a loan) has played a huge part in our inability to score sufficient goals this season - it does make you wonder as to who is actually making the decision as to which players to sign.
The loan market is easier to get what you need from if you have a big budget, why do you think Conway went to Blackburn instead of back here?
Why could we not complete the signing of Grabban?
There will have been many other targets for us that ended up elsewhere because of the budget we are working with.
The only question in my mind is whether the sale of Bridcutt and Barnes gave Burke more to spend or if it was expected to sell off 1 or 2 and that money had been accounted for already.
Take your point but as you acknowledge we did get Conway on loan in the first instance and have got good previous defensive loans in place from Premier League clubs in Bridge and Upson. The disappointment is that we have failed to get the best out of the attacking players we have brought in - they invariably play wide left in the "Barnes" role and have not really had any significant impact on the team's performance.
So the (lack of comparative) budget issue and outperforming league position to spend makes great sense until we compare to last season. Then, we had an equally constrained budget to peers but finished 4th. This year on current form likely 10th and will be the first backward step in 5 years. More concerning is the style and lack of goals. Oscar needs to understand he doesn't have the players yet to play like Barcelona who marry possession with PACE.
If this season is to be a step back I'd rather use it to give experience in the final few to Dunk, March and Chicksen to build for a better push next year.
[quote][p][bold]The Phantom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Phantom[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, the old budget issue. Not sure how relevant this is this season when Burnley are sitting second in the table. The budget aside the squad is still pretty strong and at least on a par with most other clubs in the division. The biggest problem this season has been the poor use of the loan market when signing of forward players or the poor integration of them into the side (Conway excepted). The failure to get any more out of Lingard, Lita, Obika and even Rodriguez (albeit not a loan) has played a huge part in our inability to score sufficient goals this season - it does make you wonder as to who is actually making the decision as to which players to sign.[/p][/quote]The loan market is easier to get what you need from if you have a big budget, why do you think Conway went to Blackburn instead of back here? Why could we not complete the signing of Grabban? There will have been many other targets for us that ended up elsewhere because of the budget we are working with. The only question in my mind is whether the sale of Bridcutt and Barnes gave Burke more to spend or if it was expected to sell off 1 or 2 and that money had been accounted for already.[/p][/quote]Take your point but as you acknowledge we did get Conway on loan in the first instance and have got good previous defensive loans in place from Premier League clubs in Bridge and Upson. The disappointment is that we have failed to get the best out of the attacking players we have brought in - they invariably play wide left in the "Barnes" role and have not really had any significant impact on the team's performance.[/p][/quote]So the (lack of comparative) budget issue and outperforming league position to spend makes great sense until we compare to last season. Then, we had an equally constrained budget to peers but finished 4th. This year on current form likely 10th and will be the first backward step in 5 years. More concerning is the style and lack of goals. Oscar needs to understand he doesn't have the players yet to play like Barcelona who marry possession with PACE. If this season is to be a step back I'd rather use it to give experience in the final few to Dunk, March and Chicksen to build for a better push next year. jaybee68
  • Score: 3

11:49am Tue 1 Apr 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

tug509 wrote:
Lets see what side you put out tomorrow before claiming others have more to worry about than us ,if as you stated, believe we can still make the POs,then give us a team with a real chance of scoring !.
Perhaps :

Kuszczak

Bruno
Dunk
Upson
Ward

Ince

March
Stephens
LuaLua

Ulloa
Lingaard

just a thought !.
UTA
Agree apart from Bruno.Would now replace him with Calder.
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Lets see what side you put out tomorrow before claiming others have more to worry about than us ,if as you stated, believe we can still make the POs,then give us a team with a real chance of scoring !. Perhaps : Kuszczak Bruno Dunk Upson Ward Ince March Stephens LuaLua Ulloa Lingaard just a thought !. UTA[/p][/quote]Agree apart from Bruno.Would now replace him with Calder. SeagullOverSelsey
  • Score: 1

1:31pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

SeagullOverSelsey wrote:
tug509 wrote:
Lets see what side you put out tomorrow before claiming others have more to worry about than us ,if as you stated, believe we can still make the POs,then give us a team with a real chance of scoring !.
Perhaps :

Kuszczak

Bruno
Dunk
Upson
Ward

Ince

March
Stephens
LuaLua

Ulloa
Lingaard

just a thought !.
UTA
Agree apart from Bruno.Would now replace him with Calder.
That won't help us to score more goals.
[quote][p][bold]SeagullOverSelsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Lets see what side you put out tomorrow before claiming others have more to worry about than us ,if as you stated, believe we can still make the POs,then give us a team with a real chance of scoring !. Perhaps : Kuszczak Bruno Dunk Upson Ward Ince March Stephens LuaLua Ulloa Lingaard just a thought !. UTA[/p][/quote]Agree apart from Bruno.Would now replace him with Calder.[/p][/quote]That won't help us to score more goals. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: -1

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